Synopses & Reviews
Few novels have been as eagerly awaited as John Dunning's sequel to the award-winning Booked to Die, which was hailed by critics and readers for both its powerful writing and its fascinating glimpse into the world of rare book collecting. Now, Denver cop-turned-book-dealer Cliff Janeway is back, lured by an enterprising ex-cop into going to Seattle to bring back a fugitive wanted for assault, burglary, and the possible theft of a priceless edition of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." The bail jumper turns out to be a young, vulnerable woman who calls herself Eleanor Rigby, and who happens to be a gifted book scout. Janeway finds Eleanor enchanting -- and is equally intrigued by the deadly history surrounding the rare volume. Stalked by people willing to kill to get their hands on it, a terrified Eleanor slips from Janeway's grasp and disappears. To find her, Janeway must unravel the secrets surrounding the book and its mysterious maker, for only this knowledge can stop the cruel hand of death from turning another page....
Boston Sunday Globe Magazine Not only kept me up far too late one night, but got me up two hours early the next morning.
Boston Sunday Globe Magazine
Not only kept me up far too late one night, but got me up two hours early the next morning.
Associated Press Stunning.
Kirkus Reviews Mad, fantastical, and darkly original. Bookbinding has never been so compelling.
The Denver Post Nail-biting suspense.
Denver cop-turned-bookdealer Cliff Janeway is lured by an enterprising fellow ex-policeman into going to Seattle to bring back a fugitive wanted for assault, burglary, and the possible theft of a priceless edition of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." The bail jumper turns out to be a vulnerable young woman calling herself Eleanor Rigby, who is also a gifted book finder.
Janeway is intrigued by the woman -- and by the deadly history surrounding the rare volume. Hunted by people willing to kill for the antique tome, a terrified Eleanor escapes and disappears. To find her -- and save her -- Janeway must unravel the secrets of the book's past and its mysterious maker, for only then can he stop the hand of death from turning another page....
About the Author
has revealed some of book collecting's most shocking secrets in his bestselling series of crime novels featuring Cliff Janeway: Booked to Die
, which won the prestigious Nero Wolfe award; The Bookman's Wake
, a New York Times
Notable Book of 1995; and the New York Times
and Book Sense
bestsellers The Bookman's Promise
, The Sign of the Book
, and The Bookwoman's Last Fling
. He is also the author of the Edgar Award-nominated Deadline
, The Holland Suggestions
, and Two O'Clock, Eastern Wartime
. An expert on rare and collectible books, he owned the Old Algonquin Bookstore in Denver for many years. He is also an expert on American radio history, authoring On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio
. He lives in Denver, Colorado.